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Gordon responds to Chancellor's "sticking plaster" Budget

Gordon has described the Chancellor's Spring Budget as a "sticking plaster" and "short on detail".

Speaking after the Philip Hammond's announcement, he said few people in Blackpool would be cheering the increases in National Insurance Contributions for self employed people, a measure which broke an election tax promise by the Tories.

Talking to the Blackpool Gazette: “The rates discount for pubs is welcome. I have fought long to keep our community pubs open and this will help a little and perhaps disuade pub companies from closing more of them.”

Gordon added the changes to technical skills did not go far enough and it was not clear when investment would reach £500m a year for 16 to 19-year-olds. He also said: "But there is not a penny piece for adult skills and re-training.

“The £2bn on social care over three years is better than nothing but if you look at what the think-tanks and independent bodies were saying it is nowhere near enough. It is a sticking plaster."

 

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